Group integration interventions in exercise: Theory, practice, and future directions

Paul A. Estabrooks, Samantha M. Harden, Sallie Beth Johnson, Kimberlee A. Pardo

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

11 Scopus citations


This chapter discussed the foundations of group dynamics-based (GDB) physical activity (PA) promotion programs and examples of GDB programs in practice. Group dynamics is the field of study that examines the positive and negative forces that reside within groups. The chapter describes two GDB interventions developed using this staged approach and delivered in different settings one community- and one clinical-based. The interventions reflect a progression in the authors’ research team’s pursuit of group dynamics enhanced PA interventions that can be translated and delivered in regular community or clinical practice. A research partnership was developed within the healthcare organization including the Chief and Director of Preventive Medicine, the Director of Health Education, health educators who would ultimately deliver the PA intervention and, finally, the clinical Physician in Charge and Medical Office Administrator. Participants from a range of economic and demographic backgrounds, with a variety of health, behavioral, and psychosocial concerns, have not been equally represented in studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGroup Dynamics in Exercise and Sport Psychology
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781134471614
ISBN (Print)9780415835763
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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